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2018 Be Local Awards : Vote for these featured Community Economy Leader Award Nominees through Sunday!

Business Services /
Coaching & Leadership

Vog App Developers

We Build More Than Apps, We Build Businesses

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Food & Drink /

True Buch Kombucha

Calgary's best raw, organic, locally handcrafted kombucha

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Food & Drink /
Grocery & Markets


Organic, local, and Fair Trade groceries delivered straight to your door

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Food & Drink

Bite Grocer and Eatery

Inglewood's community grocery store and more

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Health & Wellness

Healing Self

Therapist specializing in treating trauma and addiction through mind-body connections

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YYC Beeswax

Handmade beeswax and honey products

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Living Locally

Community Economy Leaders build a better Calgary

September 24, 2018

Thrive is proud to be presenting the award for Community Economy Leader as part of this year’s Be Local Awards.

The award sponsorship, and Thrive’s partnership with REAP generally, is part of Thrive’s mandate to contribute to an economy that “works better for more people”.

Thrive’s Learning & Leadership Coordinator, Barb Davies, shares that, “This award recognizes people that are willing to be leaders, risk-takers and thinking outside the box in terms of what community impact is possible.” The Community Economy Leader Award is awarded to a REAP member that is actively practicing community economic development. They are rooted here and it shows in their daily practices investing in people and places, purchasing from fellow local businesses, providing valuable social benefit and supporting their community in general.

This year’s nominees for the Community Economy Leader Award are as follows:

Bite Grocer and Eatery is the only grocery store in Inglewood and is proud to provide a supportive hub for the community. Bite regularly partners with organizations like The Alex Community Food Centre, Woods Homes, and the local Lantern Church to provide those in need with fresh and nutritious meals.
Healing Self is a hypnotherapy practice that specializes in treating trauma, PTSD, and addictions. In an effort to help as many people as possible afford treatment, Healing Self offers a “pay-what-you-can” model to ensure clients get the reliable support they need.
SPUD is a local grocery delivery service with a penchant for supporting local and sustainable brands. Among its partners like Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids and Inn From the Cold – for which SPUD manages quarterly donation drives for school supplies and warm coats – SPUD also partners with a pig and vegetable farm in Bow Valley. The crops and pigs are fed regularly with the organic waste left over from SPUD’s operations, and in return, SPUD is able to provide its customers with locally-sourced organic pork and produce from that farm for a mutually-beneficial, full-circle partnership.
True Buch Kombucha is a kombucha company that cares deeply about its community. This year in partnership with the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (HSCA), True Buch has been donating its sales from the HSCA Market to the Fresh Food Basket Program, which helps fellow community members gain easy access to fresh, healthy food.
Vog App Developers is a tech firm that builds and designs apps for local companies, entrepreneurs, and startups. Vog works exclusively with local people – never outsourcing its services from outside of Calgary. Vog believes strongly in educating fellow entrepreneurs on the ins and outs of building apps and providing that support and awareness.
YYC Beeswax utilizes handmade beeswax home and beauty products to do good. From each lip balm, 25 cents are donated to Apiaries and Bees for Communities, and the company has started offering its lip balms as fundraising items for children to sell to help band and music programs in local schools.

“I think supporting the Be Local Awards is our opportunity to celebrate those champions in the community that are demonstrating what’s possible,” says Barb.


Click the links above to vote for your favourite nominee before the window closes Sunday night!
Follow Thrive on Facebook and Twitter for information about the creation of a stronger, more inclusive and localized economy in Calgary.
Visit Thrive online and subscribe to their newsletter to discover, connect and engage in creating a stronger, more inclusive and localized economy in Calgary.
Share your vote on social media for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the November 14 Be Local Awards ceremony at River Café, presented by First Calgary Financial! Tag @reapcalgary on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #BeLocalYYC.

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Featured Event

Appetite for Sustainability: Third-Party Party!

Oct. 11, 2018 - Oct. 11, 2018

cSpace King Edward Suite 380
1721 29 Ave SW

Making the Most of Third-party Marks & Certifications

We all know the value of third-party validations—they enhance your brand’s credibility, connect you to like-minded individuals, and differentiate your product or service in the marketplace. The topic for discussion: are we showcasing these stamps of sustainability to the best of our ability?

It’s time to get together and talk best practice when it comes to leveraging these marks across different platforms. How are our peers talking about them? What are our successes and challenges?

Join us for a workshop on four third-party marks: Bullfrog Power, REAP, Fairtrade, and B Corp. We’ll spend the first hour hearing from these four organizations, who will share tips and tricks for making the most out of their seals. Then, in groups, we’ll dive into a few examples, sharing our experiences along the way. We’ll finish off by collectively reflecting over a cold one.

This event is curated for any organization with one, a couple, or all of these marks. We ask that all attendees come prepared with one example of how they’re showcasing one of the four marks mentioned.


 Anthony Santilli, Bullfrog Power 
As Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Anthony Santilli is responsible for growing Bullfrog's commercial business and leading the strategic sales marketing team. Anthony brings deep expertise in sustainability, branding, and management consulting to his role, allowing him to help Bullfrog's commercial customers integrate their sustainability goals into their overall business strategy. He also advises clients on best practices in communicating sustainability initiatives to internal and external stakeholders including employees, supply chain partners, and customers.



James Boettcher, Fiasco Gelato 
James is the custodian of Culture and Chief Idea Officer of one of the fastest-growing private companies in Canada, Fiasco Gelato. Fiasco has operated like a B Corp from its inception, long before it was ever certified as one, and the certification is a way of sharing their practices with the community and encouraging other businesses to adopt similar standards. With a commitment to changing the way business is done, James puts people and purpose above all else and Fiasco is part of the fabric of the community through their impact.



 Erin Bird, Fair Trade Calgary 
Erin Bird is an Engineer by day at The City of Calgary but her second "job" and passion is to lead the campaign for Calgary to become a Fair Trade Town. Fair Trade Calgary sits within Engineers Without Borders Calgary Professional Chapter, and the group has been working hard over the last couple of years to achieve the Fair Trade Town designation. Erin is also an Executive Board member of the Canadian Fair Trade Network. Erin's other hobbies are cooking with Fairtrade ingredients, dancing in Fairtrade banana costumes, and she also enjoys reading while drinking Fairtrade tea and relaxing with family and friends.

 Stephanie Jackman, REAP Business Association
REAP was started by Stephanie Jackman in 2006. A marketer by trade, Stephanie had a deep desire to tell the stories of Calgary's most progressive organizations in order to create demand for better ways of doing business. "By sharing these stories with other businesses, REAP illuminates the way forward, making the journey toward sustainability easier and faster", says Stephanie. She firmly believes that when we vote with our dollars for the kind of world we want, we can alter the status quo.


- 2-3 pm introductions from third-party marks
- 3-4 pm workshopping with case studies
- 4-5 pm mingle

Snacks will be provided, including gluten-free options.

This venue is accessible to all people with limited mobility. There is a ramp to the front door and an elevator to the workshop space.

Free parking lot and free street parking.
Please visit http://www.calgarytransit.com for transit options

Payment is required at the time of your RSVP unless you wish to pay by Calgary Dollars. Please reserve one of these spaces by posting a comment below.

Proudly organized by REAP Business Association. Bullfrog Powered with 100% green electricity.

The registration fee is required to cover REAP's ongoing costs to organize this event series: catering, promotional expenses (signage, Meetup organizer fees), insurance, and staff time.
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REAP businesses have donated 630+ trees to create 8 Community Orchards since 2013